Sailors feel the force!

Sports

Fourth Year sailors had their skills well and truly tested earlier this term on a two-day visit to Chichester Harbour. The trip was planned in preparation for a second weekend away which required the young sailors to demonstrate their abilities for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

The group were under the careful guidance of instructors from the Cobnor Activities Centre in Chidham (as well as the watchful eyes of Mr Forsyth, Mrs Corcoran & Miss Jenkins) and were taught how to gybe in a bosun dinghy, widen their sailing vocabulary and improve their performance on the water. Amongst the various challenges over the weekend were developing Force 6 winds and unseasonably cold weather! However, the group, particularly the girls, showed great resilience. Despite the blustery weather a sunny picnic lunch on Saturday in Bosham, toasted marshmallows around the campfire that evening and a Sunday morning sail to Thorny Island were some of the highlights enjoyed by all. “We loved this trip and cannot wait for the next one in July!” remarked Clara Lyckeus, 4PJJ.

Well done to Clara and her fellow Fourth Year sailors – Jess, Theo, Ellen, Daniel and Zain - and good luck for the next one (which will involve a hike, too!)